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One motorcyclist injured, another arrested on I-64

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By Lisa King

Two Fort Campbell soldiers riding motorcycles together through Shelby County recently hit a spot of trouble when one of them hit a car and wrecked his bike and the other ended up in jail, police say.

Kentucky State Police spokesman Ron Turley said the accident happened as the two were headed westbound on I-64 June 30 at a high rate of speed.

“He [Trooper Jack Hedges] clocked them doing ninety-six, but he said at one time they were running as fast as one hundred thirty miles an hour,” Turley said.

He said Hedges fell in behind the pair at Mile Marker 41 to pull them over, and one of them, Casey Southerland, 20, wrecked at the Mile Marker 37, hitting a compact car driven by Eddie D. Moberly.

Southerland was transported to the University of Louisville Medical Center. Moberly was not injured.

Meanwhile Corey Earner, 21, drove on a short way before returning.

“He came back to the scene and was arrested for reckless driving and speeding twenty-six miles over the speed limit,” Turley said.

He speculated that the soldiers were in big hurry to get back to their base. He said both were wearing helmets.

“Otherwise, I’m sure he [Southerland] would be dead,” he said.